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New York
State
from New York City
to Niagara Falls
1st Edition
by Neil E. Schlecht, Rich Beattie,
Brian Silverman & Karen Quarles
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Contents
List of Maps
vi
The Best of New York State
1
1
1
The Best Places to Stay . . . . . . . .1
2
The Best Restaurants . . . . . . . . . .5
3
The Best Places for
Antiques Hounds . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
4
The Best Hikes . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
5
The Best Family
Vacation Spots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
6
The Best Places for
Watersports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
7
The Best One-of-a-Kind
Experiences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
8
The Best Historic Places . . . . . . .12
9
The Best Places to
Commune with Nature . . . . . . .13
10
The Best Leaf-Peeping . . . . . . . .14
11
The Best Four-Season Towns . . . .14
12
The Most Adorable Towns . . . . .15
13
The Best Oddball Attractions . . .16
Planning Your Trip to New York State
18
2
by Karen Quarles
1
The Regions in Brief . . . . . . . . .18
2
Visitor Information . . . . . . . . . . .19
3
Money . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
4
When to Go . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
New York State Calendar
of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
5
Travel Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . .28
6
Health & Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . .29
7
Specialized Travel Resources . . . .31
8
Planning Your Trip Online . . . . . .34
Frommers.com: The Complete
Travel Resource . . . . . . . . . . . . .36
9
The 21st-Century Traveler . . . . . .36
Online Traveler’s Toolbox . . . . . .38
10
Getting There . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40
11
Getting Around . . . . . . . . . . . . .44
12
Tips on Accommodations . . . . . .46
13
Tips on Dining . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48
Fast Facts: New York State . . . .48
For International Visitors
52
3
by Karen Quarles
1
Preparing for Your Trip . . . . . . . .52
Size Conversion Chart . . . . . . . .57
2
Getting to the U.S. . . . . . . . . . .58
3
Getting Around the U.S. . . . . . . .59
Fast Facts: For the
International Traveler . . . . . . . . .60
4
The Active Vacation Planner
65
by Neil E. Schlecht
1
Visiting New York’s
National Parks . . . . . . . . . . . . .65
2
Outdoor Activities
from A to Z . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66
 iv
CONTENTS
5
New York City
73
by Brian Silverman
1
Getting There . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73
Manhattan’s Neighborhoods
in Brief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76
2
Getting Around . . . . . . . . . . . . .83
Fast Facts: New York City . . . . .88
3
Where to Stay . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89
4
Where to Dine . . . . . . . . . . . .103
5
Exploring New York City . . . . . .115
6
Shopping Highlights . . . . . . . .135
7
New York City After Dark . . . . .139
8
Highlights of the
Outer Boroughs . . . . . . . . . . . .146
Long Island & the Hamptons
153
6
by Rich Beattie
1
The North Shore . . . . . . . . . . .153
Sunday Driving . . . . . . . . . . . .160
2
The North Fork . . . . . . . . . . . .163
Along the Long Island
Wine Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .166
3
South Shore Beaches:
Long Beach, Jones Beach
& Robert Moses State Park . . . .172
4
Fire Island . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .174
Where the Boys
(& Girls) Are . . . . . . . . . . . . . .176
5
The South Fork:
The Hamptons . . . . . . . . . . . . .178
6
Shelter Island . . . . . . . . . . . . .185
7
The Hudson River Valley
190
by Neil E. Schlecht
1
Orientation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .190
2
The Lower Hudson Valley . . . . .194
Constitution Island/
Warner House . . . . . . . . . . . . .197
Hudson Valley Hotels
& Motels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .206
3
The Mid-Hudson Valley . . . . . .209
4
The Upper Hudson Valley . . . . .221
Wine Trails & Farmer’s
Markets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .226
The Catskill Mountain Region
228
8
by Neil E. Schlecht
1
Orientation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .230
2
Southeastern Catskill
Region (Ulster County) . . . . . . .231
Unique Lodging
in Saugerties . . . . . . . . . . . . . .238
3
Northeastern Catskill Region
(Greene County) . . . . . . . . . . .240
4
Northwestern Catskill Region
(Delaware County) . . . . . . . . . .247
Take Me Out to the
Last Century . . . . . . . . . . . . . .248
5
Southwestern Catskill
Region (Sullivan County) . . . . .253
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